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Research projects

TheCityDwellers: Migration and Health in Medieval Viborg

A 3,5-year project (2017-2020) based on Fundings through The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF).
Using skeletons, this project explores the consequences of environmental, social and economic change on human migration, mortality and morbidity in a tightly defined historical context, Medieval Viborg. A novel approach to determining where people lived at different times will be developed and applied to the Viborg skeletons. This information will allow osteological observations on disease experience to be tied to specific historical tendencies in population movement. All existing and new data on the Viborg skeletons is part of the ADBOU Bio-Bank, a permanent repository for information used to test hypotheses based on individual life histories. Bio-Bank data are available for researches Worldwide. The project will provide a new appreciation of the demographic and epidemiological processes that resulted in our modern world. It will also create a basis for understanding interactions among people both on individual and population levels.


Estimating adult skeletal age from a large array of new characteristics and improvements in computer-based transition analysis

A 3-year project (2015-2017)based on Fundings through National Institute of Justice, USA in close cooperation with George R. Milner from Pennstate University, USA and Stephen Ousley, Mercyhurst University, Pennsylvania USA. Postdoc Svenja Weise (former Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock) together with Jesper Boldsen, Peter Tarp, George R. Milner og Steve Ousley is developing new methods to estimation of adult skeletal age  through filed trip studies of skeletal Collections all over the world. In 2015 they visit the The Bass Donated Skeletal Collection from The Bodyfarm in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA and the Pretoria Collection in South Africa. In 2016 they go to the Chiang Mai Collection in Thailand and in 2017 to the Coimbra Collection in Portugal.

"Ophelia - people in 1000 years"

This project (2013-2016) is financed by the Velux Foundation and carried out in cooperation with Sydvestjyske Museer in Ribe. The project holds 3 PhD-projects, two of which are carried out in Department of Forensic Anthropology (ADBOU) by Dorthe Dangvard Pedersen (link) and Peter Tarp (link). The third one is carried out in CHART (link), at the Institute of physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy. All three projects are aiming at illustrating the population of Ribe through 1000 years.


SURVIVE is a national and interdisciplinary project, describing and analyzing the causes and risk factors of early death among psychiatric patients by means of ortopsy based studies. Our target group is persons suffering from schizophrenia. 
The project is financed by the Danish State for a cooperation between University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and Region Syddanmark. 
At Forensic Institute in Odense, the SURVIVE-project holds a PhD-project carried out by Anne Bugge (link) and a 1-year pre-graduat project by Simone Dorthea Christoffersen (link).


Bones4Culture is a 4-year Danish-German project cooperation ( 2011-2015) about research in bones from the middle ages, financed by the EU-INTERREG4A. The purpose of the project is finding new information about the population in the middle ages in the border area between Denmark and Germany. Besides the Danish partners at University of Southern Denmark, ADBOU and CHART, there is a collaboration with Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie (Schloss Gottorf); CAU, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung, Kiel.

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Last Updated 19.10.2023